|Edvard Munch, "The Sick Child," oil on canvas, 1885|
In my own archives are two family portraits that are painful but provide good examples of work. They were done as meditations on each of the two family members, as ways of exploring feelings and triggering memories. Each of these remains in my own private collection. One is a sort of premonition and the other is posthumous. The first is an oil portrait of one of my brothers, who now has significant pulmonary disease. This portrait, painted from sketches and personal references, was done years before his disease progressed but after its ravages had already begun. He is pale and grey-pink--he had begun to fade away before our eyes, even then. Today he looks more like this portrait than ever and he lives on constant oxygen.
|Hoff, "Portrait of the Artist's Brother," oil on panel, 12x16|
|Hoff, "The Dying Woman," silverpoint, 8x6|